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USDA data network vulnerable due to lack of security and oversight

Inadequate security protections of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture computer network could result in a data breach and loss, according to a new internal audit, which also found that the project's prime contractor even under- and overbilled the department for services.

EU further cuts roaming charges for calls, text and data across member countries

The European Union implemented new roaming charge rules across its 28 member countries, capping how much people can be charged for making outgoing calls, getting incoming calls, sending text messages and going online.

Restricted spectrum auction advocates dismiss AT&T, Verizon worries

Advocates for a spectrum auction where the Federal Communications Commission sets aside some spectrum specifically for smaller carriers expressed disbelief during a recent panel discussion that the restrictions would hurt the auction.

FCC commissioner: Plan to restrict competition could doom spectrum auction

The Federal Communications Commission is stifling competition in next year's much-anticipated wireless spectrum auction, increasing chances that it could fail, said Commissioner Ajit Pai, a Republican member of the agency.

What went wrong with the Networx transition

A pair of internal analyses by the General Services Administration finds much to criticize in the structure of federal telecommunications contract Networx, portraying it as too complex, inflexible, and mismatched to the way agencies buy telecom services.

Federal spectrum 'like an amoeba,' says NTIA official

Federal agencies are drafting transition plans for sharing or offloading spectrum in the 1755 to 1780 bands, but assessing what the federal government actually has and uses has been difficult, said Karl Nebbia, associate administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Spotlight: GSA CIO leaves, Army CIO arrives

General Services Administration Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman has left her position for a job with AT&T Government Solutions, according to a Jan. 7  statement  from the company.

Privacy appendix of draft NIST cybersecurity framework under fire

Some major Internet companies say the proposed privacy approach of the cybersecurity framework under development by the National Institute of Standards and Technology would be potentially burdensome, something that could discourage organizations from adopting it.

Wireless carriers agree to cellphone unlocking policy

Wireless carriers committed to adopting a more consumer-friendly cellphone unlocking policy based on proposals from the Federal Communications Commission.

ACLU calls for better digital privacy standards

Electronic privacy laws haven't kept up with technology and with the mass aggregation of mobile data, American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Catherine Crump wrote in a post that originated on Slate. "Congress has failed to meaningfully update the rules since 1986, and so the legal standards the government is using are far too lax," Crump says in the Dec. 9 post.